Workin’ It Out

I haven’t posted my exercise regiments for the last week or two because with my vacation, but I had a good run this week. I actually made it to 5k! I realized that I just have to slow way down when I run. J runs too fast for me, so I’ll have to slow him down when we run a 5K in early November.

I ran in Riverside Park and, as usual, I missed every entrance to the path along the Hudson, but what can you do? 

I’ve been to yoga twice this week and I’ll probably run again tonight, rest tomorrow, and yoga on Saturday. My FitBit alarm didn’t go off on Monday or Tuesday, so I didn’t go to the gym in the morning and I was totally lazy the last two mornings. I need more core work though. Any suggestions?  

First Hot Run


I hate running in the summer. It’s miserable. The heat and humidity are unbearable so I haven’t run for a month. Yesterday, J and I ran a quick two miles (his Nike+ app said two miles, so whatever) in Riverside Park and along the Hudson River.

It was not an easy run at all for me. We walked up along the river for 20 or so blocks after we stopped running so we got a bit of a tan. We were exhausted after that. 

I can’t wait to run in fall weather.

Yesterday’s Adventure: I’ve wanted to go up to Woodstock for a while and when I mentioned the idea to Kristen, she said, “farm animals and a monastery?! Count me in!”

Yesterday we drove up while listening to the 90’s Sirius station and explored Woodstock. We were only there for about 3 hours, but we saw pretty much everything. We went in to a lot of Tibetan stores and stores with lots and lots of incense. We had lunch at Bread Alone, snacked on cupcakes from Peace, Love, and Cupcakes, and grabbed juice from Little Apple.  

We were disappointed to find out that the field in Bethel where the Woodstock festival actually took place was over an hour away in the wrong direction, so instead we headed back down the Hudson, this time blasting the 90’s alternative station. We stopped for dinner at The Hop in Beacon, NY and then at the Peekskill Coffee Shop in Peekskill, NY. I also found an adorable dress in a thrift shop in Beacon that I had to buy. 

Next adventure: Poughkeepsie, New Paltz, Storm King, Cold Spring, and Tarrytown. 

An Afternoon Up the Hudson River

I’ve been tempted many times over the last year to go visit towns on the Hudson River thanks to Jordan of Ramshackle Glam.  She’s posted multiple times about her day trips to towns up the Hudson River and the towns always look so charming. This morning I took the train up to meet my friend Ben in his hometown and we drove up and down the Hudson River while visiting Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow, and Cold Spring.

We visited Tarrytown first which basically is one main strip with views that are quite breathtaking.

We refueled at Coffee Labs (did you know that you’re not allowed to touch the espresso machines until you’ve worked there for two months?) where we ran into a friend of Ben’s before walking through the rest of main street.  The town is adorable, and beautiful, but not incredibly exciting.

Next we visited the huge grave yard in Sleepy Hollow where Washington Iriving is buried. I’ve wanted to visit Sleepy Hollow for a while now, mostly because I (embarrassingly) love the movie (yes, the one with Christina Ricci) so incredibly much. We also stood for a moment on the spot where the original Headless Horseman Bridge used to span. There are tours of the graveyard, but they’re on Friday and Saturday nights for the most part.

We headed up to Cold Spring for our final stop. Cold Spring was probably my favorite town of the day. The main street is charming, the food was great, and the number of antique stores were endless. I found a street sign from Fulton Street in the Financial District that I almost bought (because I lived on Fulton Street for 3 years), but I have no idea how or where I would’ve hung it!  On our way to lunch we passed through a yard sale where I picked up The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played With Fire for $1 each!

We ate lunch first at Cold Spring Depot. Ben said the fish and chips were fantastic, and my veggie burger was pretty fantastic as well. The live band was a little overwhelming at times but the occasional passing train was kind of cool.

We passed the “Young Republicans Club” on the north end of Main Street and we couldn’t help but take an ironic picture. We’re assholes, I suppose.  

Before heading back to Ben’s hometown to catch the Metro-North back to the city, we stopped at Go-Go-Pops where he grabbed coffee and I grabbed a Go-Go Pop which was pumpkin flavored and delicious!

Although I definitely don’t share the same enthusiasm as Jordan does of the towns up north, I totally enjoyed the day and the exploring that occurred.  Here’s one last shot of the Hudson River.

So last night I unexpectedly found myself with Lindsay and her friend Will at a roof party on 54th and between 8th and 9th Avenues; and with an idyllic view of the fireworks.  This is the last 5 minutes (bits and pieces of the end) of the Macy’s Fireworks display last night.  I set it to parts of “Blackout” from In the Heights (it’s synched rather awfully, apologies!).  

Listen at the end and you’ll hear one of the guys we were on the roof with scream, “Justin Bieber!!”  Talk about random!

(Another ten minutes or so can be found here.)